29042021-LT-01.qxd 4/29/2021 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ENCROACHMENTS ALONG BUDDHA NULLAH REMOVED PAGE 2 DIVYA KUMAR GETS EMOTIONAL ON MTV’S FORBIDDEN ANGELS In a demolition drive conducted at Haibowal in the Zone D area, 19 encroachments were removed. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Man nabbed for sexual harassment Ludhiana, April 28 The Koom Kalan police nabbed a man on the charge of harassing a married woman by seeking sexual favours from her. The accused has been identified as Gurdeep Singh of Upplan village. The complainant told the police that the accused was her husband’s friend and he used to visit their house regularly. Whenever he comes, he asks her for friendship and sexual favours. “Since I refused the same, he threatened to defame me. He put up posters stating negative comments about me to tarnish my image,” the complainant said. ASI Dilbag Rai said after registration of a case, the accused was arrested. In another case, the Sadar police registered a case of sexual harassment against Iqbal Singh of Mohi village. She told the police that the accused was his husband’s friend and he used to make sexual advances towards her. “One day, he took me and my husband to Omaxe flats on the Pakhowal road on the pretext of seeing a doctor and when we reached the spot, the accused offered some sedativelaced drink to my husband. He fell unconscious after drinking the same. Then the accused started touching me inappropriately,” the woman alleged. She said she managed to escape from the spot and raise an alarm. After which, the accused fled the spot. — TNS PAGE 3 MEERA CHOPRA OPENS UP ON HER STRUGGLE IN BOLLYWOOD The show that gives a platform to girls from a common background to prove their mettle will see her as a guest. MAX 42°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:04 PM Cousin of Priyanka Chopra, Meera says her relationship with PeeCee hasn’t helped her journey in showbiz world. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:43 AM THURSDAY | 29 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA 15 more succumb Dist falls under Centre’s criteria for imposing additional restrictions to virus, toll 1,337 Shows over 10% positivity rate, 60% bed occupancy on oxygen & ICU support 10 health workers, 13 undertrials among 952 test +ve Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 28 Covid-19 claimed lives of 15 more persons in the district today. The Health Department has confirmed 1,052 fresh cases — 952 from Ludhiana and 100 from other districts or states. Those who died of virus in Ludhiana district are 57-yearold woman from Dugri, 77year-old man from Shivaji Nagar, 50-year-old woman from Meharban, 77-year-old man from Nehru Nagar, 47-year-old woman from Sukhdev Avenue, 63-year-old woman from Ajit Nagar, 81-year-old woman from the Golf Link area, 64-year-old man from Subash Nagar, 49year-old man from Vikas Nagar, 71-year-old man from Heran village, 62-year-old woman from Shimlapuri, 69year-old man from Tajpur Road, 76-year-old man from Sundar Nagar, 79-year-old man from Rara Sahib and 33-yearold woman from Khanna. Besides, the Health Department confirmed death of three more patients — two from Jalandhar district and one from Sri Muktsar Sahib district. Out of 952 fresh cases from Ludhiana, 83 persons came in contact of positive patients, 105 visited OPD, 488 with COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,70,652 52,444 7,853 391 1,337 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: influenza-like illness visited Flu Corner, while 243 are yet to be traced. Those who tested positive for the virus today include 10 healthcare workers, 13 undertrials, traveller, cop and six persons with severe acute respiratory infection. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar said there were 7,853 active cases in the district. He said 43,254 patients had recovered till date. There are 30 patients — 15 62845-31852 Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and filled beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district from Ludhiana district and 15 from other districts or states — on ventilator support on Wednesday. A total of 8,152 samples were collected for Covid-19 testing. Now, the total number of confirmed cases belonging to Ludhiana is 52,444, while 7,690 patients belong to other districts/states. A total of 1,337 persons from Ludhiana and 682 from other districts have lost their lives due to the virus. Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 28 Ludhiana continues to get ravaged by the current onslaught of the devastating second Covid wave and falls under the Centre’s criteria for imposing additional restrictions to contain the further loss caused by the deadly virus. Showing over 10 per cent positivity rate in the last one week and more than 60 per cent bed occupancy on oxygen and ICU support, Ludhiana was identified among 13 districts in the state that meet the Union Government’s criteria for stricter enforcement of Covid norms. Taking a serious note of the unprecedented and unabated surge in the virus spread, the Centre had on April 25 advised the states to impose complete 14-day lockdown in the districts and municipal areas reporting over 10 per cent positivity rate and 60 per cent occupancy of oxygen and ICU beds in the hospitals. In a presentation on current Covid situation in the state before Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the Health and Family Welfare Department has listed Mohali, Mansa, Muktsar, Bathinda, Fazilka, A man gets vaccinated against Covid at the Civil Surgeon’s office in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK Several restrictions, as mandated by the Centre, are already in place across the state, while a few additional prohibitions in the most affected districts are under consideration of the state government and fresh instructions, if any, are still awaited. The Chief Minister and Chief Secretary are seized of the matter. Hussanl Lal, Principal Health Secretary ❝ ❞ Ferozepur, Moga, Faridkot, Amritsar, Patiala, Barnala, and Hoshiarpur, besides Ludhiana as the worst-hit districts that meet the Centre’s criteria of imposing stricter restrictions. “The Chief Minister has been apprised of the situation with facts and figures. Any decision on imposing stricter restrictions as per the Centre’s advice has to be taken at Over 500 FIRs registered for violations in 2 weeks Actor Jimmy Sheirgill booked on Tuesday for shooting without permission Covid victims’ last rites: MP meets MC chief Ludhiana, April 28 Local MP Ravneet Singh Bittu today held a meeting with Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and MC Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal to discuss the issue of last rites of Covid vicitms. The MP said due to the rise in the number of deaths over the past few days, the administration had already issued orders that the last rites can take place at any cremation ground in the city. A control room had also been set up at the Civil Hospital, here, to help families in the last rites of patients. — TNS PAGE 4 Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana April 28 The Ludhiana police have registered over 500 FIRs for violations of Covid norms and night curfew in the past over two weeks. This include cases registered against prominent business houses and persons in the city. The latest example is a case against Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill. The actor, along with his crew members, was shooting on the night of April 26 near Clock Tower here. When the police got information about the same, the Kotwali police reached the spot and stopped the shooting. A case was registered late on Tuesday night. Investigating officer SI Security personnel stand guard to ensure implementation of night curfew at Clock Tower in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Maninder Kaur said over 100 persons had gathered at the shooting venue and there were clear violations of the Covid and night curfew norms. The police had registered a case against Jimmy Shergill of Patiala, director Eeshwar Nivas of Mumbai, Akashdeep Singh of Ludhiana, Mandeep Singh of Zirakpur and other unknown persons under Section 3 of the Epidemic Act, Section 188 and 269 of the IPC. Sources said they were shooting for the web series ‘ Your Honor’, a remake of an Israeli web show, at a private school without permission and in violation of Covid protocols. Earlier, the police also registered a case against famous Basant Ice-Cream parlour at Fountain Chowk. The parlour, which belongs to a Congress leader of the city, used to serve customers during night curfew. It was only after the Tribune carried a report regarding the violations, the police registered a case against it. A case was also registered against Sarabha Nagar-based restaurant ‘Just Baked’ which was found opened after 8 pm. The Dehlon police had registered a case against the owner and others of Ambrosia Green Palace near Kand canal where over 100 persons had gathered for some function. A case was also registered against Domino’s Pizza, Kipp’s Market, Param Wines, Malik Wines etc. During this drive, the police had also found a Swimming pool opened at Golden Colony, Chuharpur, during lockdown and it’s owner Hardial Chand of Jassian was booked by the police. Other important outlets that faced FIRs include Friends Chicken, BRS Nagar; Spa Centre at Imperial Hotel, BRS Nagar; Panj Tara Theka on the Pakhowal road; Mani Ram continued on page 2 the highest-level,” a top government functionary told The Tribune. Besides advising complete 14-day lockdown, the Centre had sought appointment of nodal officers to identify local containment areas based on reported cases, imposition of night curfew, restrictions on gatherings and closure of all shopping complexes, exempting those dealing with essential and emergency services in such areas. The Centre’s advisory further sought to run public transport at 50 per cent capacity, all government and private offices at 50 per cent occupancy, allow all industrial and scientific establishments to remain open subject to following Covid protocol with their employees being RAT tested every week and ensuring testing and surveillance, clinical management, vaccination and community engagement. The Union Government has recommended to put in place all these restrictions with complete enforcement for a period of 14 days before reviewing the situation for further course of action. Stay indoors for 14 days to flatten Covid curve, DC tells residents Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 28 Maintaining that the present healthcare system has already stretched a lot due to the unprecedented rise in the Covid cases, especially Level-3 patients, in the district, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Wednesday evening urged the residents of the district to hibernate themselves for next 14 days, which would help in flattening the curve of the second Covid wave, which is turning more ferocious than the first one. Expressing serious concern over the devastating Covid second wave tearing throughout the country and hitting Ludhiana with more vengeance, Sharma said with the sudden surge in Level-3 patients, which require ventilator support, and heavy inflow of patients from other states, including Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and other parts of Punjab, the district administration was supplying 3,600 oxygen cylinders daily to Ludhiana hospitals. “Since every system has its own limitations and if people continue to be negligent towards Covid protocols, this continued on page 2 89% city area sans storm water drainage system Family dispute: ASI fires at brother Nikhil Bhardwaj CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 28 Whenever it rains, even for a short period, waterlogging is witnessed in various parts of the city. The storm water drainage system is unavailable in around 89 per cent area of the city, as per the information. Besides, no concrete steps have been taken to promote the rainwater harvesting system. The MC had earlier planned to install the storm water drainage system but the project could not see the light of day due to the lack of required funds, as per the sources. In several low-lying areas, the rainwater flows into houses, shops and other buildings when it rains heavily. Water accumulates on a road after rainfall in Ludhiana. FILE PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN During the rainy season every year, waterlogging is generally witnessed at Transport Nagar, Gill Road, Hambran Road, Damoria Bridge, Rani Jhansi Road, Chaura Bazar area, Dholewal Chowk, near Clock Tower and many more areas. Even, waterlogging was witnessed many times outside the MC headquarters in the past. On rainy days, the sewers often start overflowing near Police Colony Chowk on the main Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana, Panj Peer Road, Ludhiana, and some other areas. The vehicles are commonly stuck on waterlogged roads. Advocate Prabhjot Singh said, “Flyovers and a lot of buildings have been constructed in the city but the drainage system is yet to be improved. The problems related to waterlogging have increased in recent years. Even after a short spell of rain, water starts accumulating in the streets. The c m y b authorities must take the necessary steps to resolve the problem. The drainage system must be improved. The road gullies and existing sewers should be timely cleaned.” Residents also complain that the road gullies in many areas generally remain choked as these are not timely cleaned. The residents of several areas also complained that the existing sewer system in the city often gets choked during rain. Even, in some of the areas where the old storm system is available, it is not functioning properly. Jaswinder Singh, a former superintending engineer of the Department of Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation, said, “The MC should make a proper plan for the installation of the storm water drainage system in continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana April 28 An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) deployed at the PAU police station fired at his brother Vijay Kumar, also an ASI, today. Vijay is deployed in the police force engaged by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Vijay suffered a bullet injury in his stomach. The accused reportedly fired at his brother from his official weapon. As per the information, Vijay along with the police force and a team of the Municipal Corporation had gone to demolish some illegal structure at Gopal Nagar in Haibowal. When the team was about to start demolition, victim’s brother ASI Janak Raj also reached the spot and entered into arguments with him. In no time the situation Policemen investigate at the crime spot in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN took an ugly turn and Janak Raj took out his official weapon and fired at his brother from a close range. Sources said the accused also fired one shot into the air. The Haibowal SHO, Neeraj Chaudhary, said an old family dispute between brothers was cited to be the reason behind incident. Asked if demolition could be the reason behind incident, the SHO added that so far it was family dispute. The exact cause would be known once the accused ASI was arrested, the SHO said. After the incident, Vijay was taken to a hospital in a private car. Senior cops, led by JCP Deepak Pareek, ADCP Sameer Verma, ACP Gurpreet Singh and Haibowal SHO Neeraj Chaudhary, reached the spot after the incident. The accused ASI fled the spot after committing the crime. At present, the injured ASI is undergoing treatment at DMC Hospital and is stated to be out of danger.
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